Bahía Blanca

Province of Buenos Aires
Lat 38°47'S Long 62°16'W

Charts: Arg H-211, 212, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259.
BA 1331, 3066, 3755
US 23030, 23121, 23122, 23124, 23126, 23128

Bahía Blanca is an important commercial and industrial center in the south of the province of Buenos Aires. It has a population of 300.000 and is also the southernmost important city in the fertile Pampa. The most important industrial activities are the petrochemical industry fed by oil and gas ducts from the Neuquén and Patagonic basins, and the agroindustry, provided by the rich agricultural and cattle-raising neighboring zone . To a lesser degree the foodstuffs and fish processing industries are also prominent. A traditional point of distribution towards the south and southwest of the country, Bahía Blanca has excellent road and railway connections. Five highways connect the city in all directions as also do the Ferrocarril Pampeano and Ferrosur Roca railways. The ports of Bahía Blanca and Talcahuano (Chile) are connected by highway N°22 and by the Ferrosur Roca railway (with truck transfer from Zapala and Lonquimay) which form an inter-oceanic corridor. The Comandante Espora airport is served by daily domestic commercial flights.

General description: The port known collectively as Bahía Blanca, comprises two ports under the administration of a consortium (Consorcio de Gestión del Puerto de Bahía Blanca),

both at the estuary's end on the northern side, as encountered: Ingeniero White and Puerto Galván. Between these, two new quays are located, named PROFERTIL and MEGA, (fertilizers and gas-by products). Also in the northern side but not belonging to the Bahía Blanca port, we can find Puerto Rosales and Puerto Belgrano, the latter being the country's principal Naval Base.

The estuary is under surveillance by means of a Vessel Traffic System (VTS); two radars covering all the channel provide raw data to the system , which monitors vessels' entries/departures; actual tidal height information available in VHF # 73.

Ports Authorities:
Consorcio de Gestión del Puerto de Bahía Blanca
Dr M.M. Guido s/n. (8103) Ing. White.
Tel (54)(291) 4573213/5 4573246/7
Home page www.puertobahiablanca.com.ar
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Customs House
Colón 23. (8000) Bahía Blanca
Tel (54)(291) 4529303 4521702
PNA (Coastguard)
Tte Salustio E/5 y 6 Ing. White
Tel (54)(291) 4 573124
Fax (54)(291) 4573355
Port Health (Sanidad) Montevideo 408 (8000) Bahía Blanca
Tel (54)(291) 4420675


Transport: Regular air services to/from Buenos Aires. Air taxi services available. Regular bus services to numerous destinations. Rail; regular services to Rosario (grain) by FEPSA and Buenos Aires-Río Negro by Ferrosud.

Local holidays: Bahía Blanca day 11th April. Gov. offices and banks closed. Stevedores claim double pay.

Hotels: Available all year round.

Medical aid: Available from 7 hospitals and 2 private medical emergency services.

Bunkers: Stocks available locally. Can be supplied by truck or barge. 3 working days pre advice required. At Puerto Galván N°1 tanker berth bunkers can be supplied by pipeline.

Density: Varies slightly with tide and berth but usually 1.025.

Divers: Available for underwater inspections, photography, repairs. Cleaning of marine growth can be arranged.

Electricity: Available through Port Administration from quay or by hiring mobile generators.

Fenders: Fitted to all berths.

Fresh water: Available from quay or water barge.

Fumigation: Specialized firms offer services.

Garbage: Subject Customs House formalities. Refuse skips can be hired.

Gangway watchmen: Compulsory for all foreign flag vessels over 2000 GRT. Watchmen at Puerto Galván entitled travelling allowance.

Load line: Summer.

Port equipment: (see individual berths for dockside cranes) Port Administration has 12 mobile cranes, SWL 15-45 ton and various private firms have mobile cranes of up to SWL 50 ton.

Repairs: Various workshops available for usual naval/electrical repairs.

Safety equipment: Various authorized firms offer services.

Salvage: Local tug boats can provide off shore deep sea assistance at about USD 1000 per hour but there are no local salvage companies.

Slops: Reception of small amounts can be arranged. Early advice required.

Stores/victuals: Available. Paint and spares should be ordered in good time.

Source: River Plate Shipping Guide.